• Bowl bid on line for Cal in finale vs BYU

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — As big as the stakes may be in the regular-season finale for California, the Golden Bears are trying their best to treat the game against BYU like any other. That's not always easy with family members, friends and reporters asking the importance of getting a sixth win that would send Cal to a bowl game a year after winning just once in coach Sonny Dykes' debut season. "That's something we've thought about, but at the same time we're not preparing like it's going to be some Super Bowl," quarterback Jared Goff said. "We have to prepare like it's another game and prepare like we're playing BYU and not playing the Packers back in the 60s. It's just a regular game.

  • PSV Eindhoven advances to last 32 of Europa League

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    ESTORIL, Portugal (AP) — PSV Eindhoven advanced to the knockout stage of the Europa League on Friday after drawing 3-3 at Estoril in a Group E game that was abandoned at halftime on Thursday because of heavy rain. PSV was behind 3-2 when the match resumed, but Georginio Wijnaldum earned a point for the Dutch team by rounding the goalkeeper and slotting into the net in the 82nd minute. The draw eliminated Estoril and guaranteed PSV second place in the group behind Dinamo Moscow. Fourteen teams have now qualified for the last 32.

  • BC QB Murphy goes for ACC rush record vs Syracuse

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — The records are falling for Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy. He broke Doug Flutie's school record for rushing yards by a quarterback — set by the Heisman Trophy winner in four years — in just nine games. Murphy surpassed the 1,000-yard milestone in Week 10. And now he needs just 3 yards on the ground for Boston College (6-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) against Syracuse on Saturday to break the ACC's season record for yards rushing by a QB. Murphy has run for 10 touchdowns while also throwing for 1,366 yards and 10 scores. "You don't see someone leading the team in rushing and passing very much in college football right now," Syracuse coach Scott Shafer said. "Hopefully we can slow him down

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook will start against the Knicks; Kevin Durant still out

    Erik Horne and Anthony Slater | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced at practice Friday that point guard Russell Westbrook will be in the starting lineup tonight against the New York Knicks. Westbrook will play for the first time since Oct. 30 when he fractured his right hand in the Thunder’s second game of the season against the Los Angeles […]

  • Ex-Rangers owner charged with fraud, bailed

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The former owner of Rangers has been released on bail after being charged with fraud in connection to his purchase of the Scottish club in 2011. Craig Whyte made no plea or declaration when he appeared in a court in Glasgow on Friday. He returned to Britain on Thursday after being refused entry to Mexico, where he was detained. Whyte took control of Rangers in May 2011 but the club went into bankruptcy protection the following year.

  • Guide to No. 2 Heritage Hall at No. 3 Beggs

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 12 hr ago

    When: 7:30 p.m., Friday Where: Beggs High School, 1200 Campus Dr., Beggs Records: Heritage Hall 11-1, 6-0 District 3A-1; Beggs 11-1, 6-0 District 3A-6 Last week: Heritage Hall 52, Plainview 22 — The Chargers piled up more than 300 yards on the ground, making a statement while routing Plainview. Beggs 34, Eufaula 29 — The […]

  • MSU gets going in NCAA D2 playoffs

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota State kicks off its NCAA championship pursuit this weekend. The undefeated Mavericks host Pittsburg State from Kansas in a second-round Division II game on Saturday. They had a bye to start the playoffs last week. On the other side of the bracket is NSIC rival Minnesota Duluth. The unbeaten Bulldogs play at Ouachita Baptist in Arkansas on Saturday after beating defending national champion Northwest Missouri State last week. Then in Division III, MIAC champion St. John's plays at Wartburg in Iowa on Saturday. The Johnnies beat St. Scholastica last week to advance. Minnesota teams that lost in the first round were St. Thomas and Macalester.

  • San Francisco's bid for 2024 Olympics taking shape

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — This tech-booming city, home to Twitter and other innovative startups, is experiencing its greatest growth since the California Gold Rush more than 150 years ago. With the climate ripe for commerce, local organizers think they can make a strong case to bring the 2024 Olympics here. After all, the San Francisco Bay Area also is where Google, Apple and Facebook are reshaping the world. "It just seems like it's sort of our moment in time for this region to shine on the international stage," said Larry Baer, the chief executive officer of baseball's World Series champion Giants, who is spearheading San Francisco's Olympic bid along with Mayor Ed Lee.

  • Dez Bryant says Eagles were 'being kinda cheap'

    Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said some Philadelphia Eagles players were "being kinda cheap" during the teams' NFC East showdown on Thanksgiving Day. And even though the Cowboys have to prepare for an upcoming Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears, Bryant says that he can't wait for the rematch against the Eagles. "I'm really not mad at all," Bryant said after the Cowboys' 33-10 loss on Thursday. "They beat us and I'm going to accept that, but [expletive] can't wait, but not looking past Chicago [on Dec. 4], but I cannot wait to go up there and play [Philadelphia] again, cannot wait." There were several confrontations between the Eagles secondary and Bryant, which led to a busted lip for the former Oklahoma State receiver. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy also  mocked Bryant's "throw up the X" touchdown celebration. The Eagles and Cowboys meet again Dec. 14 in Philadelphia. "They were being kinda cheap, that's another story," Bryant said. "It is what it is, I'll get it cleaned up and I'll be fine."

  • K-State to break ground on renovations to stadium

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State will break ground on its latest renovation of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, which will enclose the north end zone, during halftime of Saturday's game against rival Kansas. The school spent about $90 million last year to rebuild the west side of the stadium. The new construction will replace the existing football offices and locker rooms, and include an expanded academic learning center, improved team spaces and state-of-the-art sports medicine facilities. It will also improve seating, fan amenities and overall aesthetics. Kansas State has already raised $48 million for the project, which is expected to cost about $69 million. School officials anticipate it being done for the start of

  • Trickett uncertain as West Virginia faces Iowa St

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — The optimism surrounding West Virginia's impressive start has long since faded, and a loss to Iowa State would be a terrible way to end to a once-promising regular season. The Mountaineers (6-5, 4-4) limp into Saturday's game against the Cyclones (2-8, 0-7) with a three-game losing streak and an unsettled quarterback situation. Starter Clint Trickett, who has thrown for 3,285 yards and 18 touchdowns this season, had his helmet taken away during last week's loss to Kansas State because of a concussion. If Trickett can't go on Saturday, the Mountaineers will likely start sophomore Skyler Howard. "That's for our doctors, for them to evaluate. They've got tests," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen

  • Critics turn on Rodgers as Liverpool stumbles

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    It was barely a month ago that the scoring drought of Mario Balotelli was being cited as the chief reason for Liverpool's problems this season. Now, the critics are turning their sights away from the maverick Italian and fixing them on manager Brendan Rodgers. "A few months ago I was manager of the year," Rodgers said Friday, "and now I am favorite to get the sack." Lauded for reviving one of England's great clubs and steering Liverpool to an unexpected title push last season, Rodgers has found life at Anfield a whole lot tougher over the last four months. After 12 matches in the Premier League, Liverpool is in 12th place and without a win in four games.

  • Juventus midfielder Asamoah to have knee surgery

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee next week. Juventus says the procedure to remove cartilage from the Ghana international's knee will be carried out Tuesday in Barcelona. Asamoah has had persistent pain in his knee and it isn't clear how long he'll be out. Asamoh has played in six of 12 Serie A matches.

  • Maryland awaits Rutgers, Friedgen in home finale

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — On a day in which 22 seniors play their final home game at Maryland, many of the players hope to embrace the coach who helped bring them to the school. It might be a little awkward, because Ralph Friedgen will be doing his best to send the Terrapins out with a loss. Friedgen was fired by Maryland in 2010 after a 10-year run. He latched on with Rutgers as its offensive coordinator, and on Saturday he will direct the Scarlet Knights' attack in the regular season finale for both Big Ten newcomers. Although Friedgen has refused to publicly express his feelings about the return, this won't be a nostalgic trip down memory lane. "I think Ralph's excited for every game," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood

  • Vanderbilt wants to spoil Tennessee's bowl hopes

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Vanderbilt Commodores have had nothing like the season first-year coach Derek Mason targeted during Southeastern Conference media days, and now they have only one game left before a merciful end to their season. And as the old saying goes, misery loves company. The Commodores' best hope is beating an SEC team once and avoiding becoming the first team in this league to lose all eight conference games by double digits. In-state rival Tennessee (5-6, 2-5) needs a win Saturday to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2010. Senior defensive tackle Vince Taylor says winning the state championship would bring the Commodores (3-8, 0-7) great satisfaction.

  • Guide to No. 4 Ardmore vs. No. 2 Skiatook

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 13 hr ago

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Miller Stadium, 1777 S. Yukon Parkway, Yukon Records: Ardmore 11-1, 6-1 District 5A-1; Skiatook 11-1, 6-1 District 5A-3 Last week: Ardmore 41, Shawnee 35 — The Tigers jumped to a 28-0 lead and held off the Wolves’ impressive rally late in the game. Skiatook 13, Guthrie 10 — Skiatook rallied […]

  • Guide to No. 3 McAlester vs. No. 1 Lawton MacArthur

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 13 hr ago

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Choctaw High School, 14300 NE 10th St., Choctaw Records: McAlester 11-1, 6-1 District 5A-3; Lawton MacArthur 11-1, 6-1 District 5A-1 Last week: McAlester 56, Del City 8 — Dalton Wood accounted for five touchdowns as the Buffs jumped to a 49-0 lead by halftime to roll into the semifinals. Lawton […]

  • Michigan, Ohio State both risk a lot in The Game

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — From an early age, kids in Ohio and Michigan are tutored in what happens every year in late November in the cold of a massive stadium. It's called "The Game." To everyone else, it's enough to just say Michigan vs. Ohio State. The bitter rivals — if you doubt that, remember that three players were tossed out last year for fighting — meet for the 111th time when the Wolverines (5-6, 3-4 Big Ten) try to salvage their season and coach Brady Hoke's job when they take on the Buckeyes (10-1, 7-0, No. 6 CFP). No. 7 Ohio State is playing to remain in the national title picture. A year ago, it took an intercepted conversion pass in the final minute.

  • No. 11 K-State prepared for Kansas in home finale

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A few years ago, Clint Bowen walked into Bill Snyder's office at Kansas State looking for a job. Things didn't pan out back then and, after a few twists and turns, he's interim coach at Kansas, getting his team ready to face the Wildcats on Saturday. And wouldn't you know it? Bowen once again is pursuing a job. The Lawrence native, Kansas alum and longtime Jayhawks assistant could prove he deserves the head-coaching position on a full-time basis with a victory over the Wildcats, who are still in the thick of the Big 12 title race with only a trip to Baylor left after Saturday. Not that Bowen is thinking about his future beyond this weekend. "I guess the big thing to me is that it's always

  • Tar Heels host Wolfpack in regular-season finale

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Both North Carolina and North Carolina State shook free from a rough midseason stretch to become bowl eligible. They finish the regular season with Saturday's 104th meeting in their long rivalry, with each determined to ensure themselves a winning record and improve their bowl destinations. "When we get down to a rivalry game, it's not just another game," UNC coach Larry Fedora said. "It's different. It really is." The Tar Heels (6-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) rolled to a one-sided win against another nearby rival, Duke, last week. It was their first win against the Blue Devils in three years and made them bowl eligible despite a four-game midseason losing streak.